Along with minimal packaging, consumers like recyclable packaging, environmentally friendly packaging materials and to support consumer packaged goods companies that bring sustainability to the production floor with improvements to reduce energy usage or air and water waste. Following, some of the food packaging industry’s major players reveal some of their environmentally friendly materials and innovations which can improve productivity while reducing carbon footprints.
NatureWorks’ Ingeo biopolymer is derived from an abundant 100% annually renewable plant resource.
The big players in the beverage industry are all seeking the ‘Green Grail’ - packaging for soft drinks that they can present to the marketplace as ‘green’.
German organic tea producer Lebensbaum has selected Innovia Films’ compostable cellulose-based NatureFlex NVR to pack its range of organic teas.
NatureWorks’ biopolymer product Ingeo has recently received Silver Cradle to Cradle certification from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Made from plants, rather than oil, the product is reportedly the first of its kind to receive the certification.
Tetra Pak has teamed up with recycling advocate LoveNZ to help New Zealanders recycle coffee cups and cartons, as well as cans and plastic bottles, outside the home.
As part of its commitment to the ‘five Rs’, Sealed Air Corporation has selected Cardia Bioplastics as its partner to develop its Fill-Air R5 inflatable packaging. Constructed of Cardia’s sustainable Biohybrid resin, the packaging meets Sealed Air’s environmental commitment to renewable and recycled content, and reduced, re-used and recyclable product - the five Rs.
Gerlof Toenhake, the Marketing Director of Ball Packaging Europe, gave an interesting talk at Anuga 2012 on why more packaging, especially cans, could be good for the environment.
PepsiCo has developed a PET plastic bottle made entirely from agricultural by-products from its foods business.
Entries are welcome for the 2011 Environmental Packaging Awards, which rewards efforts in sustainable packaging within New Zealand.
Chep Australia’s returnable plastic crate (RPC) system for produce has proven its sustainability credentials, delivering users good environmental performance as well as functionality and financial value in the supply chain.
A ‘cradle-to-cradle’ life cycle assessment of glass packaging has confirmed the positive environmental impact of glass packaging and recycling.
Experts have been investigating how the efficiency of energy and resources can be increased, in the long term, in the manufacture of PET bottles.
The latest release of the Ecovio range from BASF can be used to make 100% compostable and biodegradable plastic bags which meet European standard EN 13432 and Australian standard AS 4736.
Researchers at Swinburne University have been investigating the use of bioplastics - ingredients from renewable sources - and the properties of biopolymers that determine their ‘compostability’.